Nebraska high school graduates continue to score better than the national average on the crucial college entrance exam.
The Nebraska Department of Education reports the average ACT composite score of 21.5 by Nebraska high school graduates is higher than the national average of 20.9.
In Nebraska, 84% of the high school graduates took the ACT exam, compared to 78% last year. Included among the 17,745 students who took the test in Nebraska were 497 graduates who required special accommodations. This is the first time the scores of students requiring special accommodations were included in the composite.
Another twist is included in the Nebraska scores. Nearly 4,000 juniors from eight school districts took the test as part of a pilot project. The three-year project began in 2012 in Hastings, Alliance, Sidney, South Sioux City, Lincoln, Columbus, Gering and Scottsbluff.
Nebraska students scored higher than the national average in English, reading, math, and science. The Department of Education reports 71% of Nebraska graduates met the English goal, compared to 64% nationally. In reading, 48% of the Nebraska students met the goal, compared with 44% nationally; 46% met the benchmark for math, compared with 44% nationally while 41% of Nebraska graduates met the science goal compared to 36% nationally.